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"Doctor Who" New Year’s Day Special Set On BBC America

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BBC America is going to ring in 2019 with "Doctor Who." Breaking away from the traditional Christmas Day time slot, the popular series will have its first-ever “Who Year’s Day” which will include a marathon of all the Christmas specials that will pave the way to the aforementioned New Year’s Day special

The marathon will begin 12pm ET/PT on December 24 and lead into Christmas Day. After that, it will be a celebratory marathon of all the Doctors tarting with Peter Capaldi, followed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, leading straight into the New Year’s special on January 1.

The all-new episode is written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip. As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. Will the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh
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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Finds Its Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)

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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Finds Its Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)
Newcomer Ella Jay Basco is in negotiations to land the last major role, Cassandra Cain, in Warner Bros.' Harley Quinn spinoff, Birds of Prey.

Margot Robbie is back as Quinn with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on board as Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. Ewan McGregor will play the film’s villain and Rosie Perez will portray Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya.

Cathy Yan is directing the pic with Robbie producing, along with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.

In the new film, Robbie, Winstead, and Smollett-Bell team up to protect Cain’s character when she comes across a diamond belonging to McGregor’s Black Mask, a kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld.
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Amazon Studios Pacts With Blumhouse TV For Eight Thematically-Connected Movies

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Amazon Studios Pacts With Blumhouse TV For Eight Thematically-Connected Movies
Amazon Studios has closed an exclusive production deal with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television for a eight thriller genre features which will all be connected thematically.

The movies will debut on the Amazon Prime Video service which reaches over 200 territories around the globe. The movies will be made by a diverse group of filmmakers.

Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said in statement: “Jason Blum has built an empire based on fear, shock and all things spinetingling. He has redefined the horror genre for fans who are hungry for high concept scares. Whether it’s found footage, a socially conscious terror comedy or a pure sinister adrenaline ride, he reinvented and infused the genre with cultural relevancy. We can’t wait to see the nightmares he brings direct to service for our Prime Video global audience.”

“We are delighted Amazon is entrusting Blumhouse to deliver its signature thrills and chills
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James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production

James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production
This just in from Pandora: James Cameron says the Avatar sequels have reached a major milestone with the completion of all principal photography involving main cast members.

In a video message, the director of the two highest-grossing films of all time (Avatar and Titanic) praised the ensemble of actors who have been filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 since September 2017.

“Hi, James Cameron here and today I’m coming to you from the set of the Avatar sequels — and behind me you can see our performance-capture stage. Today we’re capturing some stunt scenes filming some stunt scenes but our principal cast are all wrapped: Sam [Worthington], Zoe [Saldana], Sigourney [Weaver], Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet.”

The Oscar-winning filmmaker added: “They’re done now but they gave us incredible performances. And I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work that they did on these films.”
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Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In

Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In
It's hard to imagine Jackson Maine being played by anyone other than Bradley Cooper. And yet, the battered lead of 2018's A Star Is Born could have very easily been portrayed by an entirely different person. Apart from the initial, and well-reported, back-and-forth on who would direct and star in the remake, it was recently revealed that Cooper had Jack White in mind to portray Maine.

Before Lady Gaga was officially attached to the project, Cooper was interested in casting a real-life musician. "I saw this other person that I wanted to do this, who is an actual musician," he told Variety. "But [the studio] wouldn't make the movie with him." The publication later learned the musician in mind was the former White Stripes singer and guitarist.

Though Cooper would go on to deliver an impassioned performance, in his defense, White wasn't an entirely out-there casting idea. In fact, he previously acted
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Gina Carano Joins ‘Star Wars’ Series "The Mandalorian"

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Gina Carano Joins ‘Star Wars’ Series
Gina Carano has been cast in “The Mandalorian,” Variety has confirmed with sources.

The exact nature of the actress and former mixed martial arts (MMA) star’s role in the “Star Wars” series is being kept under wraps. She joins Pedro Pascal in the series, whom Variety reported earlier this week was in negotiations to star.

Carano first came to national attention for her MMA prowess, compiling a professional record of 7-1 while competing in organizations like Strikeforce and EliteXC. She also appeared in the 2008 reboot of “American Gladiators.” As an actress, she starred in the Steven SoderberghHaywire” and has also starred in films like “Deadpool,” “Fast & Furious 6,” and “Kickboxer: Vengeance.”

She is repped by Gersh and The Syndicate.

Jon Favreau penned “The Mandalorian,” which is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. It follows the travails of a
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Amazon Renews "Bosch" For Sixth Season; Streamer’s Longest Running Series

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Amazon Renews
Michael Connelly fans rejoice, "Bosch" is coming back!

With a fifth season currently in production and set to launch next year, Amazon today announced that the Titus Welliver-led series of Connelly’s beloved and hardboiled ex-LAPD detective will be back for a Season 6 too.

“I’m on the set where we are wrapping up the filming of season 5, and now this great news that we get to do it again with a sixth season,” said best selling author and producer Connelly from L.A. today of the streamer’s long running series’ extension. “Can’t wait!”

“Bosch is a customer and critical favorite and Amazon Prime members are fans of this long-running series that delivers strong storytelling, complex characters, and exceptional performances,” added Amazon Studios co-Head of Television, Albert Cheng, on Wednesday too of the Fabrik Entertainment, a Red Arrow Studios company, produced one-hour drama. “We are happy
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Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’

Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’
While the world still reacts to the passing of Stan Lee, one of the biggest questions amongst fans is whether or not the Marvel Comics legend was able to shoot cameos for upcoming films before his death. We’ve already heard that Avengers 4 will have the requisite cameo from Lee, but apparently, there’s one 2019 Marvel movie that doesn’t have a cameo from the writer.

According to a report from EW, Lee never filmed a cameo for the upcoming X-Men film Dark Phoenix. While it’s unclear if this was a matter of timing or if he was never set to appear in the film, Dark Phoenix, will mark the first X-Men film to not have Lee appear in a cameo.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix
Netflix has picked up Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the story of a real-life Malawian boy named William Kamkwamba who built a windmill that helped save his village from famine.

The streamer acquired global rights to the film excluding Japan, China and U.K. free TV rights, and plans to launch the film worldwide next year — including in select theaters in the U.S. and U.K.

Ejiofor, the Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years a Slave, also co-stars and wrote the script, adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

The film follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba) who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he
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Migration Drama "1899" Is New Netflix Project From Creators of"‘Dark"

Migration Drama
The creators of supernatural series “Dark,” which helped put German drama on the international TV map, have set their next Netflix project, “1899,” a drama that follows European migrants on a fright-filled journey to the U.S.

Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar inked an overall deal with Netflix in June – the first of its kind for the streamer in Europe – following the success of “Dark.” “1899” is the first fruit of that agreement. The show revolves around a migrant steamship heading from London to New York. When the passengers discover another migrant boat adrift, their journey takes an unexpected twist.

“What they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare,” Netflix said in a statement.
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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate

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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate
J.J. AbramsBad Robot production banner has acquired six new projects from a number of rising filmmakers.

Among the titles is a feature on hip-hop artist Bobby Hall, known by his stage name Logic. His song “1-800-273-8255” was nominated for two Grammys. His movie, Everything Must Go, is described as Clerks for a new generation. Hall will star and co-write with “Blackish” scribe Lisa McQuillan.

Other storytellers involved on the new slate include Hell Fest writer Blair Butler, “The Good Place” executive producer Megan Amram, The Good Time Girls director Courtney Hoffman, Ben Shiffrin, writing team Dylan Meyer and Peter Glanz, and first-time director Stan Grube, who had previously served as an editor on the Bad Robot sci-fi thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane.

The news comes following the release of Bad Robot’s war horror film “Overlord,” which opened with $10 million last weekend. The production company is also involved
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Carrie Underwood Sings Soaring ‘Love Wins’ at Cma Awards

Carrie Underwood Sings Soaring ‘Love Wins’ at Cma Awards
Carrie Underwood offered up a message of unity and positivity at the 2018 Cma Awards, where she gave a moving performance of her current single “Love Wins.”

Dressed in flowing blue, Underwood sang in front of a massive video screen that projected a dazzling array of colors and eye-popping designs. In typical fashion, Underwood delivered a polished, impressive vocal performance, extending one big note ahead of the final chorus. To drive home the song’s message, she was joined by the diverse members of a choir who harmonized with her in
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‘Dumbo': You’ll Believe an Elephant Can Fly in First Trailer for Disney’s Live-Action Remake (Video)

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You might have seen a fireside chat, or a baseball bat, but we can guarantee you never saw the first full length trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of “Dumbo.” Until today that is, now that the mouse house has released the flying pachyderm promo for the whole wide world to see. Watch it above now.

Directed by Tim Burton from a script by Ehren Kruger, the live-action retelling of the animated classic stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green and Alan Arkin, and expands on that film to tell a story, per the logline, “Where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight.”

Also Read: 'The Mandalorian': Pedro Pascal in Talks to Star in Jon Favreau's 'Star Wars' TV Show

The trailer only has a glimpse of Dumbo’s flying antics but plenty about a new story involving a family working for the circus,
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Grupo Secuoya Announces Plans for Madrid Content City

Cancun, Mexico — Raul Berdones, president of Spain’s Grupo Secuoya, Netflix’s exclusive production services partner at its European Production Hub in Madrid, plans to create a Madrid Content City.

The plan would build – literally – on Grupo Secuoya’s 22,000 square-meter Ciudad de la Tele, the site of Netflix’s European Production Hub, but expand to a final 140,000 square meters, Berdones announced Wednesday on the first day of MipCancun.

Secouya hopes to have Madrid Content City up-and-running by the second semester of 2020, with 15 sound-stages in operation, plus multiple backup facilities.

La Ciudad de la Tele currently has three soundstages and two more on the way.
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Midland on Covering Jerry Reed’s ‘East Bound and Down’ at Cma Awards

Midland on Covering Jerry Reed’s ‘East Bound and Down’ at Cma Awards
Since releasing their debut album On the Rocks in 2017, Midland have made their home on the road, supporting the LP on tours with Little Big Town and Thomas Rhett and with their own headlining sets. The latter gigs are typically raucous affairs, with the band playing the majority of On the Rocks and firing off a string of on-the-nose cover songs — like Jerry Reed’s Smokey and the Bandit trucker anthem “East Bound and Down,” which Midland performed Wednesday night on the 52nd annual Cma Awards.

Billed as a tribute to the late Burt Reynolds,
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See Juicy J, Travis Scott Take ‘Neighbor’ into Bleak Territory in New Video

See Juicy J, Travis Scott Take ‘Neighbor’ into Bleak Territory in New Video
Juicy J has unveiled the dark new video for “Neighbor” featuring Travis Scott. The Buddah Bless-produced single was released in September and is slated to appear on Juicy J’s forthcoming album.

In the Rj Sanchez-directed visual, the rappers bounce to the druggy “Neighbor” in a bleak room, with water-drenched floors and chains draped from the ceiling. Fisheye shots, quick cuts and flashes of light enhance the song’s woozy vibe and the auto-tune-tipped hook. In between shots of the pair appearing alone as well as together in the eerie surroundings,
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See Luke Bryan Open 2018 Cma Awards With Ashley McBryde, Luke Combs

Two-time Cma Entertainer of the Year winner Luke Bryan, who’s up for the same honor this evening, opened the 52nd annual awards show with a celebration of all things country, delivering a muscular performance of the title track from his album What Makes You Country while also demonstrating that one of country music’s chief assets is having friends with whom to share the experience.

Bryan was joined onstage for the performance by rising country stars Luke Combs (named New Artist of the Year later in the show), Cole Swindell,
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Idris Elba’s Daughter Named 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has named Isan Elba, daughter of Idris Elba, as its 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador. She will assist with the distributing of trophies during the 2019 Golden Globe Awards ceremony and work with a nonprofit organization to raise awareness for the cause of her choosing.

“I feel honored to hold this title and use this role to not only further educate people on the work of the HFPA, but also shine a light on issues that I care about,” said Elba.

Also Read: NBC Inks Deal to Keep Golden Globes for 8 More Years

“Mental health, specifically among African Americans and my peers in particular, is something I really want to be more vocal about,” added Isan Elba. “There’s this perceived stigma and I’ve seen friends struggle. We need to empower young people to not be afraid to ask for help.”

The HFPA changed the title of
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Idris Elba’s Daughter Isan Named 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador

Idris Elba’s Daughter Isan Named 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador
Idris Elba’s daughter, Isan, has been named next year’s Golden Globes Ambassador, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Wednesday evening.

Isan is also the daughter of makeup artist and businesswoman Kim Elba. The ambassador, a title that typically goes to the son or daughter of a celebrity, assists in distributing the Golden Globe trophies at the ceremony, and works in raising awareness of a selected charitable cause.

The honorary role was previously called Miss or Mister Golden Globe, but was changed last year to Golden Globe Ambassador.

“Last year, the HFPA renamed the title to represent a
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Idris Elba’s Daughter Isan Named 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador

Idris Elba’s Daughter Isan Named 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador
Idris Elba’s daughter, Isan, has been named next year’s Golden Globes Ambassador, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Wednesday evening.

Isan is also the daughter of makeup artist and businesswoman Kim Elba. The ambassador, a title that typically goes to the son or daughter of a celebrity, assists in distributing the Golden Globe trophies at the ceremony, and works in raising awareness of a selected charitable cause.

The honorary role was previously called Miss or Mister Golden Globe, but was changed last year to Golden Globe Ambassador.

“Last year, the HFPA renamed the title to represent a more inclusive role that was not only gender-neutral but also spoke to the HFPA’s commitment to philanthropy,” said HFPA president Meher Tatna in a statement. “However, we are continuing to stand by the tradition that the honoree is the daughter or son of a well-known actor.”

Isan, she announced,
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